Timing for Animation

Timing for Animation

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By (author) Harold Whitaker, By (author) John Halas

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  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Format: Paperback | 148 pages
  • Dimensions: 221mm x 244mm x 8mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 23 November 1990
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 024051310X
  • ISBN 13: 9780240513102
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

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Written by two internationally acclaimed animators, this classic text teaches all you need to know about the art of timing and its importance in the animated film. Learn all the tips and tricks of the trade from the professionals. How should the drawings be arranged in relation to each other? How many are needed? How much space should be left between one group of drawings and the next? How long should each drawing, or group of drawings, remain on the screen to give the maximum dramatic effect? The art of timing is vital. Highly illustrated throughout, points made in the text are demonstrated with the help of numerous superb drawn examples. 'Timing for Animation' not only offers invaluable help to those who are learning the basis of animation techniques, but is also of great interest to anyone currently working in the field and is a vital source of reference for every animation studio.John Halas, known as the "father of animation" and formerly of Halas and Batchelor Animation unit, produced over 2000 animations, including the legendary "Animal Farm" and the award winning "Dilemma." He was also the founder and president of the ASIFA and former Chairman of the British Federation of Film Societies.Harold Whitaker is a professional animator and teacher. Some of his students are among some of the most outstanding animation artists of today.

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BAFTA-nominated professional animator and educator for 40 years, many of his students number among today's most outstanding animation artists.Known as the "father of animation" and formerly of Halas and Batchelor Animation unit, John produced over 2000 animations, including the legendary "Animal Farm" and the award winning "Dilemma." He was also the founder and president of the ASIFA and former Chairman of the British Federation of Film Societies.

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'Halas and Whitaker's 'Timing for Animation' was, and still is, without a doubt, the best book for students of the art of animation. I can't recommend it highly enough.' Bob Godfrey.

Table of contents

What is good timing?; The storyboard; Responsibility of the director; The basic unit of time in animation; Timing on bar sheets; Exposure charts; Animation and properties of matter; Movement and Caricature; Cause and effect; Newton's laws of motion; Object's thrown through the air; Timing of inanimate objects; rotating objects; Force transmitted through a flexible joint; Force transmitted through jointed limbs; Spacing of drawings; Timing as slow action; as fast action; getting into and out of holds; Single frames or double frames?; How long to hold?; Anticipation; Follow through; Overlapping action; Timing an oscillating movement; Timing to suggest weight and force; Timing to suggest force: repeat action; Character reaction and takes; Timing to give feeling of size; The effects of friction, air resistance and wind; Timing cycles; Effects animation: flames and smoke; Water; Rain; Snow; Explosions; repeat movements of inanimate objects; Timing a walk; Types of walk; Spacing of drawings in perspective animation; Timing animals' movements; Bird flight; Drybush (speed lines); Accentuating movement; Strobing fast run cycles; Characterisation; The use of timing to suggest mood; Synchronising animation to speech; Lip-sync; Timing and music; Camera movements; Peg movements.